The “I AM” Women’s Conference is a free, two day conference for women at OSU and Northern Oklahoma College. The I AM Conference is about providing a space for self-definition and purpose with other women. It’s about making meaning of our lives: together.
Our stories provide rich insight into God’s movement in our lives. Throughout this two day conference–through worship, small groups, the arts, and prayer–dig deeply into your own story, and hear other women’s stories, to discover God’s purpose for your life. Our featured speakers are artists, activists, and spiritual directors who will share their own stories, and lead activities to help you discover the most faithful path for your own life. Conference activities include:
Listening for God’s Movement in Your Story
Use the tools of prayerful contemplation and small groups to discover the ways God is placing particular intentions upon your life.
Imagining God’s Purpose through the Arts
Cultivate your imagination through the arts to creatively express how you are living into God’s intentions.
Putting Your Passions into Action
Live out God’s call as you learn skills for grassroots planning and organizing to begin to our your passions into action.
Kate is a graphic recorder and visual facilitator who is passionate about illustrating ideas to creatively and collaboratively address the complex challenges of our time. Using a diverse toolbox of creative and participatory strategic design elements including Theater of the Oppressed, Permaculture design principles, Non-Violent Communication, and Social Artistry Kate works with innovating clients globally to create political art that inspires social shifts by inviting participants towards forms of knowing and sensing rooted in symbol, metaphor and story. For more information on Kate Morales, please click here.
Sarah Adams-Cornell is an advocate for Native American culture, education and rights. Sarah co-created an intertribal organization to empower Native women called Matriarch that serves women in central and NE Oklahoma. Sarah was awarded the 2017 NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40, 2017 Journal Record 50 Women Making a Difference, the Gazette’s 2016 40 Under 40, 2015 Oklahoma Humanitarian Award and the 2014 Cottey College Young Alumna of the Year. For more information on Sarah Adams-Cornell, please click here.
Diane Millis is an inspirational speaker, teacher, writer and spiritual director. She’s one of the most deeply respected and most popular workshop presenters at SDI’s annual conferences. Diane enjoys offering presentations, retreats, and workshops related to the themes of her books, Conversation–the Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction (SkyLight Paths, 2013) and Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning, and Joy (SkyLight Paths , 2015). Dr. Millis works with leaders, small groups, and communities to increase their capacity to communicate more authentically. For more information on Diane Millis, please click here.
When: February 8 & 9, 2019
Where: OSU Wesley Foundation | 823 W University
Who: This event is open to all collegiate women at OSU and NOC
Registration: Register Here
“What am I supposed to do with my life?”
“God, where are you?”
Have you ever asked these questions? Have you ever been told, “The Bible says (fill-in-the-blank) about women?” Or, “You are … you should … you can’t …?”
Well, we have, too. Here is just one story of a woman in our midst navigating the challenges of finding purpose:
The end of my college life was nothing like I had expected. I believed that Jesus had called me to save the world (in some capacity) and that I would marry someone who would live out this dream with me.
The reality? I returned home my last semester from a five-month-long study abroad experience feeling very, very small and was soon broken up with by my boyfriend at the time. He didn’t like the questions I was asking, and our lives were quickly going in two different directions.
Though I was graduating with honors and recognition, I was mentally confused, emotionally exhausted, physically depressed, and spiritually frustrated. The simplistic answers of my childhood no longer answered the complex questions of my daily life.
God, where are you? And, what am I supposed to do with my life?
I wish that I AM had been available to me when I was your age – it could have changed everything about those years of my life. Most notably, I could have developed the strength to push back against other theologies, to share my experiences with older women, and to learn how to hear the voice of God while discovering my own.
So, for you, the invitation is open. Why don’t you join us? And, let’s explore together “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
Because back in college, I was sort of wrong — and, sort of right. I’m not called to save the world (you’re not either). But, I am called to Love God and Love People – and, I now believe that begins with listening to the One who says, “I AM” and includes my own voice saying to myself and to the world, “I am…”
We are grateful for a three-year grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., which makes the I AM Conference possible.